“These are my opinions and observations:BrightBiology
These are my opinions and observations:The first week I started OU I was pushed into the revolving doors while leaving Kresge Library by some frat boy and should've known that my time here was going to be bad. Academically, this is a school that I would consider to be relatively easy to get into, it's probably best known for having a good teaching department. If you're planning on majoring in a science/technical based major, I wouldn't recommend attending this school. From what i've experienced and heard, their math/science departments are notoriously bad, I believe the math department has been on probation for an insane amount of time. Many students will take their required math classes at OCC instead, which I would also recommend doing. Now, it's time to talk about the biggest problem at OU and that's the student body. It's based in an affluent,traditional,family centered suburb. The student body is about 76% white and students come from other suburbs or make the long drive from more remote parts of Michigan. It's very quiet and a commuter school, so people don't stick around after class and are impossible to talk to if socializing is important to you. Cliques rule here! People typically stick with the same people that they've known since high school and don't really look to branch out or get to know anyone else. Very snobby, very closed off students. It's even reflected by the staff that work here, I have a disability and have had to sign up with the DSS office and have also had to deal with rude comments about my appearance from people who work in the office adjacent to it. You'd think a DSS office would be a "safe haven" of sorts, wouldn't you? Nope. Not here. I remember sitting in the financial aide office and listening to the secretary there telling three women wearing hijabs that if she had her way she wouldn't give them loans. How's that for being a school that embraces diversity? What would even possess someone to say something so insensitive? Last time I checked, OU also has a really high transfer rate (like around 50% leaves to attend other universities). So, this isn't even the majority of students' #1 school to go to. People may think that a school that lacks so much socially shouldn't be a big deal, but it is. Unfortunately, networking is more important than your GPA, it's about who you know and it's very difficult to network and meet people when a school lacks so much in the social aspect. I chose Oakland because of convenience, now I regret this decision, if I had to choose again I would've attended Wayne or MSU. If you can attend another university please do so.
The education is decent, but the social life is so small, mostly because its all commuters, and the closest city is like 4 miles away and is tiny. If you're a homebody in the metrodetroit area then it isn't a bad education. if you're not try looking at other universities. Be warned, once you're in a program its hard to get all your classes to transfer out.
“I was really bummed out with how littleNot so brightPsychology
I was really bummed out with how little the department of psychology gave back to its students. A majority of the professors are so absorbed within their own work they care nothing for undergraduates. The top undergraduates who will go on in psychology are those who learn to survive on their own at this school. Not to say we need hand holding, but the availability for a conversation from a professor would be nice once in a while. I enjoyed my time working as a research assistant but found it would have been more useful to invest in outside sources.